Crabbing on Pensacola Beach ~ The Southern Scoop’s Featured Fall Activity
When you vacation on the beach during the summer and fall seasons, you’ll notice swarms of people scouring the beach for crabs. The good news is that crabbing is a fun activity you can enjoy just about anywhere! In fact, the best time to try crabbing on the beach is right now! This fall, try out crabbing on Pensacola Beach, Gulf Shores, or even Destin. There are several different types of crabs you can search for – ghost crabs, stone crabs, blue crabs, and hermit crabs – but blue crabs are the most common to search for. We love searching for blue crabs since their meat is sweeter and more delicate. In this month’s Southern Scoop, learn some of the best methods of crabbing on Pensacola Beach and other areas along the Gulf Coast.
Just be careful when chasing crabs with a flashlight, since this is also during sea turtle nesting season! The bright lights can confuse little hatchlings that are trying to make their way to the shore.
In addition, you will need a recreational fishing license to go crabbing anywhere on the beach. Get one from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.